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Savage, bizarre, hellish and beautiful; the islands that changed the world. From erupting volcanoes, giant tortoises and leaping lizards to rarely filmed sites and creatures, Galápagos takes you inside this living laboratory of evolution.
National Geographic Magazine, April 2011
Rising from obscurity to the heights of power, a succession of Andean rulers subdued kingdoms, sculpted mountains, and forged a mighty empire.
National Geographic Magazine, April 1913
By Hiram Bingham, Director of the 1912 Expedition
Read Hiram Bingham's original account of his famous rediscovery of Machu Picchu.
National Geographic Magazine, February 2009
Just two weeks before he died, Charles Darwin wrote a short paper about a tiny clam found clamped to the leg of a water beetle in a pond in the English Midlands. It was his last publication. The man who sent him the beetle was a young shoemaker and amateur naturalist named Walter Drawbridge Crick.
He was inspired by fossils of armadillos and sloths.
The journey of young Charles Darwin aboard His Majesty's Ship Beagle, during the years 1831-36, is one of the best known and most neatly mythologized episodes in the history of science. As the legend goes, Darwin sailed as ship's naturalist on the Beagle, visited the Galápagos archipelago in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and there beheld giant tortoises and finches. The finches, many species of them, were distinguishable by differently shaped beaks, suggesting adaptations to particular diets. The tortoises, island by island, carried differently shaped shells.